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H IS G R A C E
The Duke of NEWCASTLE:
F I presume to address to your Grace
Miscellanies of one of our greatest English poets; now first collected and illustrated with Notes; perhaps the acknowledged eminence of the author may apologise for the inconsiderableness of the editor. To whom can these poems be more properly inscribed than to such a patron as Dryden himself would have chosen; a nobleman of the first distinction, known to love polite learning, because he understands and tastes it; and eminent for his candour, no less than his discernment?